The Greyhound, long the Navy’s vehicle of choice for carrier on-board delivery, isn’t getting any younger. Will the service choose to modernize it, replace it, or go with a lesser-known third option?
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are uniquely capable of providing sustained forward presence and power projection from a sovereign base at sea. These capabilities are likely to be of increasing importance in the emerging international security environment as fixed overseas U.S. bases become fewer in number and more vulnerable, competitors increase their claims on international waters, and rogue states and non-state actors threaten regional peace and stability. Reflecting these and other concerns, the report of the National Defense Panel calls for a significant expansion of naval forward presence all across maritime Asia. 1